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Bundy, Sterling and Kerry: A Trio of Fools

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Over this past week, the news has been dominated by a series of inappropriate, racist remarks.

First, there was Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who had achieved near rock star status by standing up to the feds over burdensome grazing fees.  After drawing support from militia groups to the halls of Congress, the rancher was overcome with his new-found popularity and sense of self-importance.  When he held a press conference and suggested that black Americans were better off as slaves than under our present welfare system, his supporters fled like cockroaches exposed to the light.

Then, along came Donald Sterling, the cavorting owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who was caught on tape, allegedly asking a girlfriend not to bring blacks to the games or post pictures with them on Facebook.  Sterling was quickly condemned by President Barack Obama and Clipper sponsors begin pulling their ads.

Bundy (once) was enjoying his five minutes of fame and in the process showed his prejudice.  He rightfully suffered public scorn and his cause (too much federal control over too much public land) regrettably is lost.

Sterling, who is no angel, may or may not be guilty of his alleged crime but he has been banished from the NBA and has been ordered to sell his team.

Put it in perspective:  These are simply two old codgers caught in a time warp.  No matter how hard we try, we never will eliminate the last racist or sexist thought.  It is impossible.   Read the rest of this entry »

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April 30th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

The Amateur

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There is a place for amateurs. However, there are times when you definitely need a professional. Most people would never call an amateur to put in a driveway or install a new roof. You wouldn’t want an amateur to build your house or do the wiring. You wouldn’t want an amateur to do your dental work or perform heart surgery. Let’s face it. Most people wouldn’t let an amateur cut their hair or do their nails.

Likewise, if you own a business, you wouldn’t hire amateurs to design your products, construct you assembly lines, do your accounting or manage your employees. If you need someone to run that business, you would hire the most experienced person with the best track record you can afford.

Then why, oh why, would anyone consider hiring an amateur to manage the largest business in the world, the United States Government? Read the rest of this entry »

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January 9th, 2014 at 11:07 am

Obamacare Challenge: Convincing the Invincibles

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Young adults have been the most enthusiastic Obama supporters.  They identify with his youthful appearance.  They like his personality, his style and his confidence.  They liked his catchy campaign slogan:  “hope and change.”   After all, everyone needs hope.  As for the change, few could tell you what that change actually meant, but what the heck. It didn’t seem to matter.

In 2008, Generation Y turned out in droves to elect this charismatic man president and again, in 2012, though in somewhat lessor numbers.

Therefore, Obama just assumed he could lead these Millennials down the garden path to his health care exchanges.  It was, in fact, a given that our young people would sign up for Obamacare.  It will not work without their participation.  They must participate or else . . .  Or else what?   Read the rest of this entry »

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October 30th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Please Spy on Me

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As a U. S. citizen, I hope my government is spying on me if . . .

  • I am phoned by known or suspected terrorists.
  • I visit bomb making sites on the internet.
  • I make contact with members of al Qaeda 
  • I attend a radical mosque.
  • I order the makings for a suicide vest.
  • I have large amounts of unexplained cash funneled into my bank account.
  • I frequent jihadist websites.
  • all my emails end with “death to America.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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June 19th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Obama’s Fourth Scandal

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Barack Obama is fighting for his political life, embroiled in three scandals: the criminal use of the IRS, using the Justice Department to spy on reporters and the cover-up of the attack in Benghazi.

There is a fourth scandal that is equally serious but is not being addressed because this cover-up involves both the administration and Congress, Democrats and Republicans.

Last week, the Pentagon released a report on the soaring number of sexual assaults in the military. These crimes have increased a whopping 129 percent since 2004. The confidential portion of this report indicates that some 26,000 members of our armed forces were sexual assaulted last year alone. However, only 3,347 of these assaults were reported. The reasons are as obvious as they are disturbing. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 15th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

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